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Field Hockey Emergency Plan

Catastrophic Injuries

This is defined as any condition in which a student athlete?s life is threatened or the student athlete risks permanent impairment. Examples include, but are not limited to, respiratory or cardiac arrest, spine injuries and possible fractures.

Emergency Procedures

One athletic training student should send for (or radio if there are no other athletic training students) a certified athletic trainer (ATC). The athletic training student should stabilize the head and neck, calm the athlete, and do a primary survey. If needed, initiate life-saving techniques.

The athletic training student informs the ATC of the mechanism, history, and any other pertinent information. The ATC conducts an evaluation and makes any necessary decisions.

If a Certified Athletic Trainer is Unavailable

One athletic training student stabilizes the head and neck and calms the student athlete. The other does the primary survey and evaluation. Make every attempt to contact an ATC. If EMS is needed, Campus Police may be called on the radio, or have another athletic training student, student, coach, manager, or bystander call 9-1-1. Be sure to have the following information:

Name, address, telephone number of caller
Number of athletes injured
Condition of Athlete(s)
First aid initiated by first responder
Specific directions to emergency scene


Fields in front of PE Center (field hockey, women?s lacrosse), the ambulance uses the PE Center entrance in front of the building and drives down the walkway in front of the PE Center. Someone needs to meet EMS to direct them to the scene.

9-1-1 caller must HANG UP LAST then go to help direct EMS to the scene.

Contact John Clark at 535-2772 to let them know that EMS has been called.


Every athletic training student, student-athlete and coach must know where the closest telephone is to their practice and game sites. Remember if there is a portable radio available, call Campus Police or the certified athletic trainer on duty to have that person call for an ambulance.

Send someone with the athlete?s emergency card to ride with the injured student athlete to the ER. Do not leave practice or event unattended. Send another student, manager, or coach with the injured athlete. Type up an injury report and be as specific as possible.